Among History’s Largest California Wildfires
Around 8,100 wildfires have razed over 3.9 million acres of California land since the year began. As of September 30, 2020, 18,000 firefighters are working to gain ground on the remaining 26 major wildfires and responding to 26 more new wildfires across the state, with the Candy Fire in Riverside County growing beyond the control of the crews’ initial response.
An expert declared that the wildfires have already exceeded $20 billion in costs for this year alone. Around 29 fatalities have already been reported and 7,200 structures have been destroyed by the wildfires.
The impact of the five largest wildfires in California has been compared to “an area larger than the state of Connecticut.”
The major California wildfires in 2020 include:
- August Complex (Tehama County)
- LNU Lightning Complex (affects Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Colusa, and Yolo Counties)
- SCU Lightning Complex (affects Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Joaquin, Merced, and Stanislaus Counties)
- SQF Complex (Tulare County)
- Slater Fire (Siskiyou County)
- Bobcat Fire (Los Angeles County)
- Dolan Fire (Monterey County)
- Red Salmon Complex (Humboldt County)
- CZU Lightning Complex (affects San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties)
- North Complex (Southwest of Susanville in Plumas County)
- Creek Fire (Fresno County)
Five of history’s Top 20 largest California wildfires have occurred in 2020, and reported as:
- August Complex Fire
- SCU Lightning Complex Fire
- LNU Lightning Complex Fire
- North Complex Fire
- Creek Fire
Did you or a family member lose or had property damaged due to the 2020 California wildfire? Contact us today to see if you are entitled to join the California Wildfire Property Damage lawsuit investigation.
More About the 2020 California Wildfires and the Damage Done
The August Complex Fire in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama, and Trinity Counties, as well as in Elk Creek and Stonyford area (Mendocino National Forest) has been burning since August 2020 and has burned more than 949,000 acres with 47% contained. Around 86 structures have been destroyed in the August Complex Fire and 5 damaged, which resulted in on fatality as of date. It became the second-largest fire in state history.
The SCU Lightning Complex Fire, which spans parts of Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara San Joaquin, Merced, and Stanislaus County, has razed around 396,624 acres with 98% of the fire contained. Around 222 structures have been destroyed and 26 structures damaged, resulting in 6 injuries.
The LNU Lightning Complex Fire, which is burning in parts of Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Colusa, Solano, and Yolo Counties, has burned approximately 363, 220 acres with 98% containment. At least 1,491 structures have been destroyed, and 232 damaged, which resulted in 5 deaths and 5 injuries.
The North Complex Fire in Butte, Plumas, and Yuba Counties and the Claremont Fire and the Bear Fire, now known as the North Complex West Zone, has burned 314,949 acres with 79% of the fires contained. 2,342 structures have been reported destroyed and 113 damaged, which resulted in 15 deaths and 2 injuries.
The Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera Counties, particularly in Northeast of Shaver Lake (Sierra National Forest), has burned more than 307,051 acres with 44% of the fire contained. 855 structures have been reportedly destroyed and 71 damaged, resulting in at least 10 injuries.
California’s dry, windy and hot climate puts the state at risk of wildfires which often occur from spring to late autumn. Apart from the climate, more than 350,000 Californians live in towns and cities marked with a “very high fire hazard severity” warning.
A number of contributing factors cause the fires in California which include increase in fuel, conditions in the atmosphere, and residential construction bordering on unoccupied, accidents from large corporations that set off a chain of events such as the one in December of 2019 caused by PG&E Corp., and other factors such as the Thomas fire which was sparked by Southern California Edison’s equipment.
Insurance Coverage of Property Damage
Typically, property insurance companies cover the full value of homes and buildings damaged or destroyed by fires, and around 5% of insurance policies typically allocated for trees and landscaping.
A lot of the properties destroyed by the California wildfires had very old trees that significantly gave value and usefulness to the property. Property owners deserve to receive fair compensation for both property damage and tree damage caused by the California wildfires.
Editor’s note on California Wildfire Property Damage Lawsuit Investigation:
This piece is written about the recent California Wildfire Property Damage Class Action Lawsuit Investigation. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit investigation, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
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